Take Better Care of Your Spine
By Sara Butler
Your body is like a car, it requires tune-ups and preventative care in order to function well and to get all the mileage out of it that you can. Part of the bigger picture when it comes to your overall health is caring for your spine, so how can this best be accomplished? Here are some chiropractic tips to keep you and your back in the best shape possible in order to keep your engine going.
Stand Up Straight
Good posture is really important. It keeps your spine aligned and it also puts less stress on the ligaments, tendons, and other muscles that support your spine from the top to the bottom. Plus, practicing good posture helps to keep you from developing muscle imbalances, which can lead to problems in areas other than your spine.
You should try to sit and stand with your shoulders back and your ears lined up over your shoulders. When sitting you should try to keep your feet on the floor and avoid crossing your legs, unless you’re crossing them at the ankles.
Lifting things is a part of everyday life. You lift your kids, your groceries, and your coffee cup! Knowing how to lift correctly is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your back stays healthy.
When lifting you should:
- Bend at the knees, never the back
- Keep your back straight
- Hold what you’re lifting close to your body
- Use the power of your legs and hips to lift, not the back
- Pivot if you have to turn when walking with something heavy
Another important aspect of keeping your spine healthy is to look at how you sleep. Do you have a mattress that helps to support the natural curves of your spine as you sleep? Your mattress shouldn’t sag or have lumps either.
Also, what position do you sleep in? You should avoid sleeping on your stomach since this position puts a lot of stress on your neck and lower back. Side sleeping or back sleeping is the best way to go in order to support a healthy spine as you sleep. Also remember to utilize pillows for comfort and support no matter what position you sleep in.
If you have any questions about the best practices you can use to keep your spine healthy then you should discuss them with your chiropractor during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic!